God finally gave Moses his way and appointed a spokesperson. So Moses went off on his way to Egypt, ready to obey God’s calling. He had his father-in-law’s blessing and the LORD’s assurance that the Egyptians wouldn’t try to kill him the moment they recognized him. However, before Moses even steps foot in Egypt, there is a little known event that happens during which God actually tries to kill him. It’s an event that covers a mere three verses, but I feel it is important to note as we study the journey of Moses from cowering prince to fearless leader of Israel. Let’s take a look at what happened.
Have you ever felt woefully unprepared for a task? Maybe you felt under-qualified. Or maybe after getting into your project you felt like you got in way over your head. No matter what the situation or circumstances might be, I’m sure we’ve all had a moment or two like that—a moment of panic and feeling completely out of our element.
But don’t worry; even the mighty heroes of the faith had moments like these. In fact, Moses—the mighty and fearless deliver of Israel—felt unprepared for the task God gave him. He actually made several attempts to excuse himself from his calling. So let’s take a look at what happened and see what lessons we can glean from Moses’ attempt at by-passing his God-given mission.
The burning bush experience was a pivotal turning point in Moses’ life. He went from a wilderness shepherd to the leader of Israel. He went from knowing little to nothing about God to having a personal encounter with the Creator of the world. It was definitely a life-changing experience!
So far, we’ve spent the last couple weeks looking at how holy ground is where we stand in the presence of God and where we receive our calling. Today, we’re going to look at our final point and take-away from this amazing event: holy ground is where intimate relationship with God starts. How did I get this point? Let’s jump back into Exodus 3 and I’ll show you.
Last week, we looked at the beginning of Moses’ burning bush experience. We left off at Exodus 3:6 where Moses realized the identity of God and was filled with healthy fear. However, God wasn’t done with Moses.
The burning bush experience’s purpose wasn’t just to introduce Moses to the God of his forefathers. No, God had a calling for Moses and a job for him to accomplish. Therefore, we’re going to continue on in this riveting narrative and discover that holy ground is also where God reveals His calling.
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